Activity: Hiking & Stargazing
Difficulty: Easy--Moderate (Couple mile hike to and from summit and around the park)
“Oh! A Shooting Star! …Make a wish!” Here is a wish that will come true: Spring classes are over! Stop-days are in!
Escape the hindering orange glow of LA during one stop-day night and come enjoy the Eta Aquarids meteor shower on top of Mount Pinos!
Heralded as one of the best places to stargaze in SoCal, Mt. Pinos in Los Padres National Forest is the tallest point in Ventura County at a whopping 8,850 feet, which certainly makes it the place to be. We’ll be doing a short night hike to the summit and around the park to find some good spots to take in simply spectacular views of the stars/meteors, the Grapevine, and the San Joaquin Valley. Comets/meteors have gotten some bad press lately between exploding in Russia and taking out the dinos…Yikes. We should seek to restore the good name of the meteor. They truly are one of the Cosmos’ greatest sights to behold, and we’ll get to do just that. Hiking, star-gazing, and enjoying life, what’s not to love?
Meet: 6:00 PM, Trojan Grounds (Starbucks)
Return: Back at USC Late
- *Daypack (Nightpack)
- *2-3 L of Water
- *Headlamp or Flashlight
- *Warm Clothes+Layers (Coat+Hat+Gloves)
- Chair or Ground-pad
- Telescope or Binoculars
- Camera (Long exposure capable)
- *Your Awesome Personality+Stories To Tell